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4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  452,283 Ratings  ·  10,140 Reviews
1957 hatte alles begonnen. Der kleine Georgie war das erste Opfer. Und dann brach "es" über die Stadt Derry herein.Über 25 Jahre später: Mike Hanlon ruft sechs Freunde zusammen und erinnert sie an den Schwur, den sie geleistet haben. Sollte "es", das namenlose Böse, noch einmal auftauchen, wollen sie sich wieder in Derry treffen. Damals sind die Freunde in Abwasserschächte ...more
Paperback, Heyne Jumbo nr. 1, 860 pages
Published April 1996 by Heyne (first published September 1986)
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Lindsey Albright While I love the book, it's easily one of my favorites, if you aren't enjoying it, don't beat yourself up about not finishing it. Someone far more…moreWhile I love the book, it's easily one of my favorites, if you aren't enjoying it, don't beat yourself up about not finishing it. Someone far more intelligent than I once told me that he didn't bother with a book if it didn't capture his interest by the first 50 pages. Life's too short to suffer through books you don't enjoy. If it's not for you, there's no shame in that.(less)
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The most important things are the hardest things to say, because words diminish them...

Some time ago the wise bald (or white) heads stationed at various universities came to an agreement that a literary form, commonly known as the novel, is dead - fewer and fewer works of any significance are written each year. Of course, one must understand the requirements the wise gentlemen expect of a novel of worth: it would be good if the writer would include some "aesthetic dignity" by including as much a
Khanh (the meanie)
I'm not easily scared these days. As a grown woman, the only thing that brings the feeling of dread into my heart is the constant pinging of new work emails requiring my attention when I'm at home, but there was a time when I was a shy, delicate, sweet little girl who was scared of my own shadow.

Proof: not exactly the terror you see haunting the hallowed halls of Goodreads handing out 1 stars like they're candy these days.

It wasn't until I was around 20 that I outgrew my fear of scary creatures
Colleen Hoover
Apr 05, 2017 Colleen Hoover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fuck you, Stephen King. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO US?
Oct 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Some parts were truly creepy at first and initially, as often happens with King, I couldn't put it down. But then, as often happens with King, it hits a brick wall and becomes so over-long and has so many unnecessary elements that get in the way of the main story that it becomes a bloated, endless chore to finish. People often say they hate the ending of this book...I did not hate it or love it. I had checked out at that point and simply wanted it to be over no matter who lived or died or whethe ...more

Let me take you all on a tour, kids. We’re going to everyone’s favorite place- Derry, Maine! We’re going to do some sight-seeing while I talk about the book that is my absolute hands-down #1 book of ALL TIME. And no, it is NOT Harry Potter! Shocking, I know! (That always surprises people.) Anyway, my name is Annie Wilkes Stepheny and I’ll be your tour guide!

We’re going to go where it all begins- the most infamous storm drain in all the lands. This is the storm drain where Pennywise offers little
Franco  Santos
It (Eso) es una de mis obras favoritas de King. Y, para mí, la mejor.

Tenemos a un grupo de amigos, los autodenominados Los Perdedores, integrado por William «Bill» Denbrough, Benjamin «Ben» Hanscom, Beverly «Bev» Marsh, Richard «Richie» Tozier, Edward «Eddie» Kaspbrak, Michael «Mike» Hanlon y Stanley «Stan» Uris. Son chicos marginados, víctimas del acoso escolar y de la xenofobia. Son amigos que por separado pueden parecer débiles, pero juntos forman una fortaleza inquebrantable. Así se enfrent
You can't be clowning about IT!!!


It was easier to be brave when you were someone else.

It's kinda..."funny" how such characters that they are supposed to make us laugh, you can find just too much examples of "evil clowns", many from fantasy but even at least one from horrific reality, that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley...or any place at all!!!

The Joker, Stitches, Homie from The Simpsons, Punchinello from Dean Koontz's Life Expectancy, The Killer Klowns from
Paul O'Neill
Apr 21, 2015 Paul O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be true, be brave, stand

I'm astonished, what a book!

We all float...

You want scary? Pennywise is here and he'll scare the be-Jesus out of you every other page. Pennywise made an entire generation scared of clowns when the film came out, kinda topical now that all these assholes are roaming the streets in clown outfits. Suffice to say I'm extra scared to go for a walk!

Above all, the best thing about this book is that it's wonderful. King manages to capture the essence of childhood and what it mea
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin


Hello, welcome to Derry.. I'm Pennywise the Clown and at some point, especially if your a kid, I will eat your face off! Have a nice day!

The first time I read this book was in the 6th grade and I had forgotten how good it was! I loved the movie as well, but the book is so much better!

I love how Mr. King goes back and forth from when the friends were kids and to them as adults and what they do in life now, while they are on their way back to Derry. See, when they were young and all became f
Dan Schwent
Oct 19, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1958, seven kids took it upon themselves to rid the town of Derry of a child killer that took the form of a killer clown. In 1985, the clown is back and the kids return to Derry to finish what they started...

Yeah, I'm a couple decades late to the party on this one. So what? Some friends were doing a group read and I decided it was time to tackle this kitten squisher.

While it's a horror story, it's also about growing up and forgetting what it's like to be a kid. Stephen King does a great job a
Edward Lorn
Apr 17, 2012 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who want to feel like kids again
Recommended to Edward by: Mom

Upon finishing It, I always feel as if I've said goodbye to an old friend, one I only see every few years. I'm a bit sad, but mostly I'm happy that I got to spend what time I did with him (IT). He isn't perfect. He can be quite odd at times, but he's mostly fun to be around. I feel the need to defend him when people start downing on him, and to deride him when I catch him screwing up. I do not condone everything he does, but for the most part, he's a good dude, if a
Alligators in the sewers?

Nope...much worse- a CLOWN!

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I never liked clowns- not even as a child- there was always something creepy about them to me- Stephen Kings IT convinced me even more- revisiting it as an adult- that clowns are baaaaaaaaad news and not to be trusted.

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October 1957- Derry, Maine- Six-year-old George Denbrough's brother- Bill is sick in bed- so George goes out alone on a rainy day to play with the paper boat Bill made for him. When the boat slides down a storm drain- George reac
Three stars for this monstrous book which could easily be used as a murder weapon because of its enormous length. You may rub your eyes now and ask why the hell I gave this well-known and popular Stephen King classic with four- and five-star ratings everywhere only three stars, and you’d be completely correct to do so. Don’t rely on my rating, please (and even less on my review, as it consists mostly on piling up my random thoughts).
A lot of people love this book more than I did, and while I app
Rebecca McNutt
Definitely one of King's most memorable, creative and well-written books. What's odd about IT is that it has many horror elements, but focuses more on a coming-of-age story between seven children living in a small industrial town and the power of their friendship as they grow up. I've seen the TV movie too when I was twelve years old but the movie only left me confused. The book is much longer and more detailed, giving an explanation to what exactly the shapeshifting clown boogeyman is and why i
Mar 27, 2017 Celeste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review now posted!

Original review can be found on Booknest.

Stephen King’s mind must be a terrible place to dwell.

I first picked up this book in October of 2016, fully expecting to be terrified. And I was. So much so, in fact, that I read the first sixteen pages and promptly deleted it off of my kindle, because I couldn’t sleep knowing that IT was right there on my nightstand, probably waiting for me to drift off so It could climb out of the ereader and into my nightmares. That’s what I get
Nov 09, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any SK fan or someone who wants a scary novel.
It's 2:39 AM, and I finished IT about four or five minutes ago. As I try to think of the right words to formulate this review...I'm left with a feeling of, "Wow...."

IT is a story which is not just based on the story, but it's characters. And honestly, I think they made the story so much more. When I think of their story, and the time I invested with them, reading their journey, I feel like I kind of became apart of them. I feel like I took the journey with them. It's amazing what King can do to
Sep 27, 2007 Monk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Fans, people not scared shitless of clowns
Shelves: macabre
Holy crap this book was scary. I've always been a fan of horror novels, but very few have ever actually scared me. This book did the trick.

It's the story of a group of friends who as children did a very, very brave and noble thing. A supernatural force lives under their hometown of Derry, Maine. This force hibernates in thirty year cycles and comes to the surface to feast upon its prey - human children. It thrives on their fear as well as their flesh, and typically disguises itself as the demoni
Joe Valdez
I felt myself growing old as I read It, the eighteenth novel by Stephen King that upon publication in 1986 unleashed a TV mini-series (in 1990, starring Tim Curry as one of the title character's many gruesome guises), a feature film due in its first of two parts in 2017 and perhaps introduced a hysterical fear of clowns into the global consciousness. The book is about childhood and how imagination and the power that comes with it are lost with adulthood, but that isn't the reason I felt my whisk ...more
Only Stephen King could write an 1100 page book about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and then kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown.

Derry, Maine, in 1958 is a bad place to be if you’re a kid. Child disappearances and murders are occurring with astonishing regularity, and while the adults set curfews and hunt for maniacs, a group of 11-year-old outcasts know the truth. A supernatural entity has been terrorizing and killing the children of Derry. These
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, this book is many things. It's terrifying, it's sweet, it's disturbing, it's sad. But most of all, It is amazing!

The town of Derry is haunted by an evil with thousands of faces. With the entire town caught in the horrible creature's grasp, some of the residents are forced to confront their greatest nightmares, while others are forced to become the nightmares! Many years ago, a group of seven outcast children believed they had discovered
May 14, 2015 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
La presión casi tiránica que recibí de varias personas para leerme la novela de Stephen King, llegó a su fin cuando abrí y me sucumbí ante la historia ambientada en el frío y distante Derry. La novela de King, nos cuenta dos historias en diferentes tiempos; la primera es la de siete niños en sus principios de pubertad que se ven afectados por un macabro y difícil ambiente de discriminación y segregación por parte de padres y compañeros, mezclado con una amenaza constante de un violento ser lo cu ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Nayra.Hassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
تستطيع ان تقراها في اي مكان..على الشاطئ..في منزلك..في الكافيه ..اوحتى في المواصلات..ولكن ستظل اسيرا هناك مع الابطال السبعة في ديري/ماين..لشهر كامل احسست انني اعيش في تلك البلدة الملعونة الصغيرة..في قراءاتك قد تصادف البيت الملعون..الغابة الملعونة ..و لكن بلدة كاملة؟؟باهلها و أطفالها و قفرها و حوانيتها ومنازلها ..بل وصرفها الصحي

الرعب هنا ليس اسم اللعبة.. بقدر ما هو الانتصار على مخاوفك و هزائمك..الاحتفاظ ببرائتك لاطول وقت مع مواجهة لاسوأ كوابيسك ..و طوال 1115 صفحة ستتلاحق انفاسك مع سبعة من الكبار -
Glenn Sumi
Mar 30, 2017 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! It took me a whole month but I did it. I finally finished* Stephen King’s massive novel IT, often considered one of the most terrifying books of all time.

The odd thing is: I wasn’t that scared by it. Perhaps I’ve never found clowns all that creepy. Or maybe I’m just getting old and other things frighten me more: right wing extremists in government, the death of traditional media, my cellphone running out of data before the end of the month.

I read King’s classic chillers THE SHINING, SALEM’
Mar 30, 2017 Sr3yas is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I think I just got traumatized for life after watching THIS PHENOMENAL TEASER TRAILER.

Needless to say, I am waiting for the delivery guy to ring the doorbell!
(Or the delivery truck to unload a crate. Over 1000 pages?!)
sweet jane
Jul 20, 2016 sweet jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εδώ κάτω όλοι επιπλέουμε. Άργησα αλλά το κατάλαβα.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)

Come to me, children, and see how we float down here . . .  how we all FLOAT.

This one didn't plant that seed of fear for clowns in me like I was expecting it will but I have a feeling, clowns will never look the same for me anymore.

Stephen King really went on full force with this one. Not all the horrors in IT deal with the supernatural - there are many depiction of real life horror as well. I admit, at times it is very uncomfortable for me to continue reading because the book delved deep into t
Scarlet Cameo
Oct 18, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-16
Lectura conjunta para el Hell-o-win con el grupo La cafetería de Audrey

Saquemos al elefante de la habitación rápidamente: el libro no trata de un payaso. Trata acerca de la amistad, el acoso, la mentira, pero principalmente trata del miedo. El miedo es el sentimiento que motiva a nuestros personajes y el miedo es la herramienta de la que se vale eso para alimentarse, y el miedo solo puede vencerse cuando se enfrenta. Una y otra vez.

“El hogar es el sitio donde, cuando vas, tienes que enfrentart
Apr 08, 2017 AMEERA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mix of feeling to this book but all i know wasn't scary for me was funny , drama , thriller , little boring but good book over all and really enjoyed big book but you gonna read it so fast
Athena Shardbearer
We all float down here.

New phobias since finishing It.

Birds <---------------DAMN YOU, KING!!!!!!
Eyeballs..............DON'T LOOK AT ME!!!!
Seed & Teeth *goosebumps*
Fortune Cookies OH GAH!
Clothes Lines
Tea & Teacups
My Childhood

You almost took libraries from me...but I will resist!!!!

I never seen the movie as a kid, and all my family members watched this and told me how ho
Apr 12, 2017 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I haven't read it in years but with the remake of the movie coming out I decided it was time again. I still think there is a lot of weird things in the book that will sit uncomfortably for some readers but after reading a few King books you just kind of accept it as the norm for his writing because at the end you still get a great story.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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